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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leftoversnoun

    food remaining from a previous meal

    "he had leftovers for dinner last night"


  1. leftoversnoun

    Food remaining after a meal; excess food eaten later.

    I had leftovers from yesterday for dinner tonight.


  1. Leftovers

    Leftovers are surplus foods remaining unconsumed at the end of a meal, which may be put in containers with the intention of eating later. Inedible remains like bones are considered waste, not leftovers. Depending on the situation, the amount of food, and the type of food, leftovers may be saved or thrown away. The use of leftovers depends on where the meal was eaten, the preferences of the diner, and the local culture. Leftovers from meals at home are often eaten later. This is facilitated by the private environment and convenience of airtight containers and refrigeration. People may eat leftovers directly from the refrigerator, reheat them, or use them as ingredients to make a new dish. At restaurants, uneaten food from meals is sometimes taken by diners for later consumption. In the United States, such food is put in a so-called "doggy bag", notionally to feed to pets, whether or not it is in actuality.


  1. leftovers

    Leftovers refer to the remaining portion of food or drinks that were not consumed or finished during a meal. These can be stored and consumed at a later time. It can also refer to anything unused or leftover from an event or situation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leftovers in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leftovers in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of leftovers in a Sentence

  1. Paulo Nascimento:

    We have always been slaves, we are lost in the world. We are the leftovers.

  2. Shay Spence:

    I put my twist on it by really caramelizing the pizza pieces until they’re almost like croutons and the cheese gets nice and crispy, the eggs start to rehydrate the pizza also, so it’s the perfect way to use up leftovers that are going stale.

  3. The TSA:

    Whether first-run foods or leftovers, the same rules apply, if you are planning to travel with special foods to contribute to a Thanksgiving meal or travel with leftovers, be sure you follow this simple rule to ensure your food can travel with you: If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it and it is in a quantity greater than 3.4 ounces, pack it in a checked bag.

  4. Witold Waszczykowski:

    They only offer leftovers, almost half of the Caracals are to be assembled in France and of the rest, only 10 percent are to be completed in Poland.

  5. Witold Waszczykowski:

    They only offer leftovers, almost half of Caracals is to be assembled in France and the rest only in 10 percent is to be completed in Poland.

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